Independent Study

University College has four independent study courses that give students an opportunity to design an independent research course at the 300 or 400 level not otherwise available within the Faculty.


Prerequisite: Permission of University College Vice-Principal
Distribution Requirement: None
Breadth Requirement: None


Eligibility requirements:

  • You are a student enrolled in a UC Program (i.e. Canadian Studies, Cognitive Science, Drama, Health Studies, Sexual Diversity Studies) OR you are a UC registered student not enrolled in a UC Program.
  • You have a minimum cumulative GPA (or cGPA) of 3.0
  • You have completed 10.0 FCEs (for UNI393Y1 and UNI394H1) OR 15.0 FCEs (for UNI495Y1 and UNI496H1)
  • You have secured an agreement and permission from a Faculty member to supervise your project  (see form below)
  • Your proposal has been approved by the Vice-Principal of University College (see form below)

Applications for Y and F courses are due by June 30th prior to the academic year; S courses are due by September 15th and summer proposals are due by February 15thApplication forms are available at the University College Office of Academic Services (UC 173) or for download below.

Application Form in MS Word
Application Form as fillable PDF

Ethics Review Protocol Form (if necessary):
Undergraduate Ethics Review Protocol Form: Student-Initiated Project

Completed applications (including signatures) should be sent to or brought/sent to the address below:

Office of the Principal, University College
15 King's College Circle, Room 165
Toronto, ON M5S 3H7

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact or (416) 978-8083.


For information on Independent Studies / Research courses offered by University College programs, please click on the appropriate link below:

Canadian Studies
Cognitive Science
Drama Centre
Health Studies
Sexual Diversity Studies